With its feathery lines of peachy dunes, stark plains and scanty oases, the area of Boa Vista seems to be if a chunk from the Sahara somehow broke off the medial side of Africa and floated in the market to the middle in the Atlantic. Though the area offers some fantastic if wind-blown beaches, incredible windsurfing, the beautiful little area of Sal Rei with an ever-increasing amount of resorts and hotels, it's this desert interior this is the best reason behind venturing out here.
Be ready for some rough off-roading, since most of Boa Vista's roads are treacherous.
Praia de Estoril - Beach in Boa Vista
A short stroll south on the Sal Rei town centre, this lovely beach has turquoise waters and white sands, which makes it a fine setting for the day out. A handful of beach bars serve up seafood, snacks and a lot of drinks, with tables and patio chairs on the sand. Several places here hire out gear - stand-up paddleboards, surfboards, kayaks - and provides lessons in surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing and sailing.
Centro de Artes e Cultura - Arts Centre in Boa Vista
This new arts centre hosts an array of events, from art and photography exhibitions to African craft and jewellery shows. There's also a 350-seat theatre that hosts concerts and dance performances. The centre can be a 10-minute walk northeast (inland) from Sal Rei's main plaza.
Santa Maria - Shipwreck in Boa Vista
An eerie sight will be the wreck on the Santa Maria, a rusting hulk spelled out on a stormy stretch of beach to your north of Sal Rei along Costa de Boa Esperança.
While this produces a decent half-day walk, it's don't to attempt it there have been muggings for this route; have a taxi or visit it as being part of a tropical tour instead.
Curral Velho - Ruins in Boa Vista
The spooky village of Curral Velho was abandoned caused by near-endless drought. You can wander amid the crumbling ruins with the old buildings, then head down towards the nearby beach, an attractive stretch of pristine shoreline.
Morro Negro - Lighthouse in Boa Vista
The Morro Negro lighthouse, standing atop a 150m-high cape, is Cabo Verde's most easterly point. The views are spectacular.
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